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El 01-11-2015 11:59, Tim---Kracked_P_P---webmaster escribió:

- "ordinary end user"(tm) People will trademark anything these days. What's next? "the water is blue" or "the >sun rises in the east"?

The trademark is not everything, but I think it does not matter if there are many office products (software) and these are proprietary software, free, open source, etc., as long as they respect all the ODF standard and can interoperate with each other. The end user choose the software you want to use.

- MS Office claim to support LibreOffice's ODF LibreOffice does not own the rights to ODF formats, but it uses >THE International Standard format[s] that is the Open Document Format. As I understand it, MS Office does not >support it fully with its newer versions. MS wanted their OOXML open format to be the ISO format, but ODF was >chosen instead.

Unfortunately the "Office Open XML" format is an ECMA standard ( and ISO/IEC standard (

Furthermore, there is a lack regarding the use of standard office formats MS Office and LibreOffice. - By default, LibreOffice saves documents in extended OpenDocument format (advanced versions of the standard in the future will become the stricter standard). Therefore, if you want to operate in a better way with other applications, you must configure LibreOffice to save documents in the strict OpenDocument format ( - On the other hand, MS Office supports the strict Open Document format (implementation is bad anyway) and works with the OOXML standard. However, MS Office save document in OOXML transitional format and (I do not know if can be configured to save in strict OOXML format.). In addition, there is much inconsistency between OOXML formats because each version of MS Office saves documents in a different format (draft?) and that brings chaos.

- Breaking this business model by a free and open and simplier document standard is the one and only reason why >LibreOffice exists.

The open and free format already exists since 2006 (ODF), but as I said, Microsoft and the imposition of its format has managed to become a double standard and for more, prevents proper implementation for alternatives (through drafts , proprietary fonts, etc.) for users to prefer your product.

Another reason is the fact that I find LibreOffice easier to use than the newest version of MS Office's trial >versions, since I cannot afford to buy it.

Each user has the ability to choose. For me, WPS office ( be a good option if you will support the OpenDocument format.

Also, I do not think ODF is a simpler document format. It can create/save documents in a much more complex >design than I will ever use myself. Being "open source", there are people in the community that are looking for >ways to improve the way ODF does it job and ways to add more formatting options to ODF so it will continue to >give the software designers more formatting options for their users.

I agree. Now the problem for developers is that there are two standard formats and each choose to implement.

For me the future is LibreOffice, but who knows ... some time ago for me was the future


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